Launch seminar – final programme

We’re really looking forward to the seminar to launch the EuroStudents project, which will be held next Wednesday at the University of Surrey. The final programme is posted below. If you aren’t able to come along, but would like to take part in the discussions, do follow the seminar on Twitter. We’ll be using the hashtag #HEstudents.


Wednesday, 21st September 2016, University of Surrey, LTJ, Lecture Theatre Block


09.30-10.00: Coffee and registration

10.00-10.15: Welcome and overview of the ‘EuroStudents’ project, Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey

10.15-11.15: Keynote presentation: LTJ (Chair: Rachel Brooks)

Student Experience in Context: higher education policy and the changing value of university education, Michael Tomlinson, University of Southampton

11.15-11.30: Break

11.30-13.00: Parallel sessions

Session A: LTJ (Chair: Johanna Waters)

Spatial and social (im)mobilities through higher education,             Michael Donnelly, University of Bath

Students in cities – the everyday mobilities of contemporary UK students, Mark Holton, Plymouth University and Kirsty Finn, Lancaster University

‘Talent-spotting’? Inequality, cultural sorting and constructions of the ideal employable graduate, Nicola Ingram, Lancaster University and Kim Allen, University of Leeds

Session B: LTF (Chair: Steve Woodfield)

Her majesty the student: marketised higher education and the narcissistic (dis)satisfactions of the student-consumer, Elizabeth Nixon, Richard Scullion and Robert Hearn, University of Nottingham

The student-as-consumer versus the student-as-learner: some preliminary findings from the UK, Stefanie Sonnenberg, University of Portsmouth

Understanding the student experience, Rachel Spacey, University of Lincoln

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.30: Parallel sessions

Session C: LTJ (Chair: Kim Allen)

Unreasonable rage, disobedient dissent: the social construction of student activists through media and institutional discourses in the United Kingdom, Jessica Gagnon, University of Portsmouth

‘It’s always a good decision to go to University because if you don’t you’ll end up becoming a cleaner or a supermarket worker’, Jessie Abrahams, University of Surrey/Cardiff University

The changing nature of students’ unions; young people as political actors?, Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey

Session D: LTF (Chair: Alex Seal)

How institutional doxa can shape choice within higher education, Jon Rainford, Staffordshire University

Contemporary students’ rights: a discursive strategy to overcome hysteresis in a post-92 HE setting, Karl Baker-Green and Cinnamon Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University

Paradoxes of the academisation process: a sociological exploration of the history of foreign and classical language education since 1864, Eric Lybeck, University of Exeter

15.30-15.45: Break

15.45-16.45: Keynote presentation: LTJ (Chair: Jessie Abrahams)

Biopolitics and the ‘making’ of the unexceptional student: some geographical reflections on education in East Asia, Johanna Waters, University of Oxford

16.45-17.00     Concluding comments